Business Profile

Dong Hyun Kim, the man behind Wasabi and Kimchee

Business Profile: Kimchee

By Joe Lutrario

After the phenomenal success of Holborn’s Kimchee restaurant, Wasabi owner Dong Hyun Kim is bringing Korean food to the masses with an A1 Kimchee To Go format. 

Peter Borg-Neal who remains the driving force behind Oakman Inns & Restaurants

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Business Profile: Oakman Inns & Restaurants

By William Drew

Peter Borg-Neal’s entrepreneurial spirit ensures Oakman Inns & Restaurants never stands still – not least in challenging pub-sector norms

Brindisa founder Monika Linton with finance director Ratnesh Bagdai. Photos: Mat Quake

Business Profile: Brindisa

By Joe Lutrario

Sourcing prowess, good contacts and general business aptitude has seen specialist wholesaler Brindisa spawn the capital’s most successful Spanish restaurant group. 

Mark Selby and Thomasina Miers. Photos: Mat Quake

Business Profile: Wahaca

By Stefan Chomka

Wahaca founders Mark Selby and Thomasina Miers’ unconventional approach to business has created a burgeoning Mexican chain that’s showing no sign of slowing.

Steve Holmes, managing director of Ask Italian, talked to Restaurant magazine about the rollout of the concept's new restaurant branding, design and menu - photo credit John Carey

Ask Italian: Business Profile

By William Drew

The competition may be fierce and its rivals more fashionable, but Steve Holmes has taken to the tough job of revitalising mainstream chain Ask Italian with gusto.

Ed's Easy Diner's US diner look

Business Profile: Ed's Easy Diner

By Joe Lutrario

Now 25 years old, Ed’s Easy Diner has never looked better, with strong like-for-likes and a shopping centre-focused expansion plan that is set to take it into the big league.

Eren Ali, founder of Las Iguanas. Photo: Rob Lawson

Business Profile: Las Iguanas

By Joe Lutrario

Back in 1991 Eren Ali bought a failed Italian restaurant on a Bristol back street. Two decades later, Las Iguanas is the biggest player in the South American space. 

Shamil Thakrar. Photo: Rob Lawson

Business Profile: Dishoom

By William Drew

With a second instalment of its take on India’s traditional café-restaurants about to open, Dishoom is successfully carving its own niche in the UK’s all-day dining space.

Niall Howard, chief executive of Hakkasan. Photo: Rob Lawson

Business Profile: Hakkasan

By Stefan Chomka

With forthcoming international openings Hakkasan is poised to become one of the biggest high-end restaurant groups in the world. Yet it’s London where the real excitement is going to be, as chief executive Niall Howard explains. 

Jacob Sumner is on a mission to prove that fast food isn't necessarily bad food. Photo: John Carey

Business Profile: Chipotle

By William Drew

Jacob Sumner, responsible for US burrito chain Chipotle's expansion into and across the UK, talks about the business and its mission to show UK consumers that fast food doesn’t necessarily have to be bad food.

Tim Bacon of Living Ventures

Business Profile: Living Ventures

By Stefan Chomka

Having ignored most industry rules, Living Ventures co-founder Tim Bacon finds himself running one of the most dynamic food and drink operations in the country.

Will Ricker at La Bodega Negra. Photo: Mat Quake/Substance Photography

Business profile: Will Ricker

By Stefan Chomka

The opening of his Mexican restaurant, La Bodega Negra, marked a change in focus for Will Ricker, and there are more surprises to come from the pan-Asian supremo.

Tom and Ed Martin of ETM Group. Photo: Rob Lawson

Business Profile: ETM Group

By Joe Lutrario

Attention to detail and a moulding of the product to suit specific markets has seen ETM Group become arguably London’s most successful pub-restaurant outfit.

Canteen's Dominic Lake and Patrick Clayton-Malone

Business Profile: Canteen

By Joe Lutrario

Canteen’s blend of British-centric democratic dining has won it plenty of devotees, but has it got what it takes to expand in a rapidly changing marketplace?

Simon Blagden, managing director of Jamie's Italian

Business Profile: Jamie's Italian

By William Drew

Restaurant magazine editor William Drew talks to Jamie's Italian managing director Simon Blagden about the chain's ongoing success.

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